Category Archives: Documentation & Reconstruction

Is any Balinese Gamelan Music Extinct?

Bali is world famous for its gamelan music, which, to the outsider who may have been fortunate enough to have witnessed a temple ceremony, seems alive and well even in the face of globalization. At least on the surface.

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What is Barong Berutuk?

In 2015, I went to Terunyan Village in the Batur region to check out a rare temple ceremony that is normally only held every 15 years.   My main motivation was not the ceremony itself but the fact that there was … Continue reading

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What is the function and origin of Barong Berutuk?

According to an article in the Bali Post in 2010, the origins of the Barong Berutuk of Terunyan are said to be connected to a megalithic statue that is found in Terunyan’s Pancering Jagat Temple, called Bhatara Datonta. No one … Continue reading

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What is Wayang Wong?

If you are interested in Balinese traditional art-forms, many of you would have heard of wayang kulit: the shadow puppet show; however, the human version of these puppets, called wayang wong, is probably less familiar.

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New Permanent Sponsor

Donations mean a lot to Mekar Bhuana as they help our teams of enthusiastic musicians and dancers to embark on another documentation or reconstruction project or activity. These projects are essential to reconstructing missing links in the history of Balinese … Continue reading

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